In this segment, Ma explains how he was introduced to music through his sister, a violinist. He was discouraged that he could not play as well as her, but he soon discovered the cello. Mister Rogers asks him if his mood influences the way he plays. Ma demonstrates how playing the cello in certain ways can relieve tension. Mister Rogers is also interested in the cello itself, so Ma describes the instrument and where it was made.
Fred Rogers and Yo-Yo Ma became friends after filming this segment for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Ma went on to appear two more times on the program and, in 2014, received the Fred Rogers Legacy Award from the Fred Rogers Center.
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